Sidney Crosby, eat your heart out. While the Pittsburgh Penguin star made headlines for getting hit int he face with a puck, a New York Rangers rink-side reporter proved its not just hockey players that are at risk of getting drilled in the face with frozen rubber.
MSG Network’s John Giannone, who serves as the Rangers ice-level reporter for games, became part of the action he covers when Rangers defenseman Marc Staal cleared a puck that went over the board and straight into Giannone’s face. The Rangers’ reporter was in good spirits about the little snafu, later tweeting that he checked the clock and the proceeded to get clocked.
Happy to say I’ll be okay after stopping that Marc Staal clear with my face. Moral of the story: I checked the clock…and got clocked!!
— JOHN GIANNONE (@jaygeemsg) February 8, 2013
Giannone said that Staal apologized to him on his way off the ice after the period ended, and basically insinuated that it’s just another day on the job as an NHL reporter.
While some sports reporters are worried about what their hair will look like or whether or not people are moving out of frame behind the camera, Giannone continued to broadcast and have a dialog with his buddies up in the booth while blood was literally streaming down your face.
If that doesn’t make you just love the NHL and the people within the game even more than you did before, I don’t know what to do for you. For the record, unlike when Crosby’s face meet a puck, not very many people cheered on Giannone’s situation.